August Sightings

31st August – Southside/KP/Northside/Wassand (JL,GB,TI,JC,AE,LB,LI)

7+ Grey Heron
2 Great White Egret briefly at Lady Island in am, then flew west
3 Little Egret flew west
2 Common Buzzard in off flew south-west
Marsh Harrier flew south
Sparrowhawk
2+ Hobby
Kestrel
36 Gadwall
60+ Teal
6 Shoveler
5 Wigeon
4 Pochard
52 Tufted Duck
22 Lapwing
Dunlin heard
4 Redshank flew west
Green Sandpiper flew east
2 Common Sandpiper
270+ Black-headed Gull
6 Little Gull in am, 30 in pm
Kingfisher
4 Great Spotted Woodpecker
70+ Sand Martin
230+ House Martin
300+ Swallow

30th August – Southside/KP (GB,JC)

4 Grey Heron
2 Teal
28 Gadwall
Wigeon
3 Pochard
45+ Tufted Duck
40+ Lapwing
Common Sandpiper at KP
85+ Black-headed Gull
170 Little Gull in pm
juv Yellow-legged Gull flew east
60+ Sand Martin
230+ House Martin
220+ Swallow
55+ Pied Wagtail at KP in pm
2 Yellow Wagtail at KP
28 Goldfinch at KP

29th August – Southside/KP/Northside/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk (JL,GB,RL,LB)

5 Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
4+ Marsh Harrier
2 Sparrowhawk
3+ Hobby
Kestrel
32 Great Crested Grebe
36 Gadwall
17 Teal
Wigeon
8 Shoveler
5 Pochard
2 Red-crested Pochard
48 Tufted Duck
24 Lapwing flew south
2 Turnstone flew east
12 Black-tailed Godwit flew south-west
15 Little Gull mid-afternoon, 360 in pm
Kingfisher
2 Lesser Whitethroat near Heslops
5 Goldcrest at Southorpe
2 Bullfinch near Wassand Hide

28th August – Southside/KP/Northside/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk (JL,GB,LB)

7 Grey Heron
Little Egret
2 Common Buzzard
5+ Marsh Harrier
2 Sparrowhawk
Hobby
Kestrel
Little Grebe
65 Teal
4 Shoveler
5 Pochard
6 Little Gull in am, 165 in pm
4 Great Spotted Woodpecker
2 Bullfinch
Otter off Swan Island

27th August – Southside/KP/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk (JC,JL,GB,AE,LB)

7 Grey Heron
2 Little Egret
3 Common Buzzard including one flying high south
5+ Marsh Harrier including one in off and flying high south-west
2 Hobby including a juvenile
2 Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
2 Little Grebe
29 Great Crested Grebe
16 Teal
8 Shoveler
Wigeon
34 Gadwall
5 Pochard
46 Tufted Duck
65 Lapwing over Swan Island
Common Sandpiper at KP
70+ Black-headed Gull
10 Little Gull in am, 320 in pm
2 juv Yellow-legged Gull off KP
Common Tern
Green Woodpecker
60+ Sand Martin
120+ Swallow
45+ Pied Wagtail at Southorpe in pm
4 Spotted Flycatcher at Wassand
16 Long-tailed Tit near Heslops
12 Linnet near Wassand Hide
Jay

Spotted Flycatcher in Wassand – Jeff Cox


Spotted Flycatcher 1 of 4 seen today – Jeff Cox

26th August – Southside/KP/Northside/Wassand (JL,GB,LB)

5 Grey Heron
Little Egret
4 Common Buzzard
Marsh Harrier
Sparrowhawk
Hobby
Little Grebe
27 Great Crested Grebe
43 Teal
5 Wigeon
4 Shoveler
30+ Gadwall
3 Pochard
45+ Tufted Duck
30+ Lapwing
Redshank at KP
2 Greenshank flew south
Common Sandpiper near Swan Island
Curlew flew south
Whimbrel flew west
70+ Black-headed Gull
24 Little Gull in am, 30 in pm
2 Common Tern
juv Yellow-legged Gull flew east
Green Woodpecker
Lesser Whitethroat
16 Long-tailed Tit near Heslops
30+ Linnet at Southorpe
Otter off Swan Island

25th August – Southside/KP/Northside (JL,GB,BMJ,LB)

4 Grey Heron
Marsh Harrier
2 Hobby
23 Great Crested Grebe
5 Shoveler
12 Teal
5 Pochard
Redshank flew west
2 Dunlin flew west
2 Common Sandpiper at KP
2 Curlew flew south
160+ Black-headed Gull
104 Little Gull early am, 48 mid-morning, 220 in pm
juv Med Gull flew east
juv Yellow-legged Gull flew east
4 Common Tern
24 Swift
Kingfisher
120+ Sand Martin
70+ House Martin
220+ Swallow
2 Yellow Wagtail
Lesser Whitethroat near Heslops
25 Goldfinch at KP

24th August – Southside/KP/Northside (JL,JC,GB,AE,LB,MI)

4 Grey Heron
Little Egret
Sparrowhawk
3 Shelduck
73 Teal
5 Shoveler
7 Wigeon
3 Pochard
2 Avocet blogging
Dunlin flew east
4 Common Sandpiper
440 Little Gull early am, 65+ mid-morning/early afternoon
1,060 Little Gull in pm
The three colour-ringed birds had been caught/banded as juveniles
in the Ume River Delta, Sweden, in 2013 and 2015
juv Yellow-legged Gull at KP
4 Common Tern
Kingfisher
220+ Sand Martin
460+ Swallow
Yellow Wagtail flew south
male Redstart at Southorpe
Garden Warbler near Heslops

colour-ringed Little Gull at the Mere – Tony Collinson

23rd August – Southside/KP/Northside (JL,JC,AE,GB,LB)

4 Grey Heron
2 Little Egret
2 Common Buzzard
Marsh Harrier
Barnacle Goose
21 Great Crested Grebe
120+ Teal
7 Shoveler
Pochard
128 Lapwing over Heslops
Ringed Plover flew south
2 Greenshank flew west
2 Dunlin flew west
Common Sandpiper
4 Curlew flew west
Oystercatcher
170+ Black-headed Gull
juv Med Gull
390 Little Gull early am, 140+ mid-morning/early afternoon
3,860 Little Gull in pm
3 juv Yellow-legged Gull
14 Common Tern
Kingfisher
45+ Pied Wagtail at KP in pm
32 Goldfinch at KP

some recent images of Blue colour-ringed Little Gulls of Swedish origin recorded over the last couple of weeks – Chris McGregor/Jeff Cox


22nd August – Southside/KP/Wassand Hide (JL,GB,LB,C.McG,BMJ)

4 Grey Heron
Little Egret
4 Common Buzzard
“cream-crown” Marsh Harrier
Hobby
Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
32 Great Crested Grebe including a juvenile
60+ Teal
3 Shoveler
3 Wigeon
5 Pochard
9 Common Scoter flew east
Golden Plover heard
Lapwing
3 Common Sandpiper
160+ Black-headed Gull
350 Little Gull early am, 160+ mid-afternoon including a colour-ringed adult
2,650 Little Gull in pm
juvenile Caspian Gull off KP at 17:00
2 juv Yellow-legged Gull flew east
5 Common Tern in am, 52 flew south-east in pm
12 Swift
70+ Swallow
Kingfisher
Green Woodpecker heard
2 Lesser Redpoll near Wassand Hide
10 Linnet

21st August – Southside/KP (JL,GB,LB)

4 Grey Heron
Little Egret
3 Egyptian Goose
20 Great Crested Grebe
17 Teal
Shoveler
65 Lapwing
10 Ringed Plover flew south
25 Redshank flew south-east
6 Dunlin flew south
2 Common Sandpiper
140+ Black-headed Gull
60+ Little Gull in am, 2,200 in pm
juv Yellow-legged Gull flew east
Kingfisher
2 Yellow Wagtail flew south
Barn Owl

20th August – Southside/KP/Northside (JL,GB,LB)

4 Grey Heron
3+ Hobby
2 Kestrel
9 Teal
4 Shoveler
23 Great Crested Grebe
Ringed Plover flew south
6 Dunlin flew south
23 Redshank flew west
3 Common Sandpiper
Whimbrel heard
215 Little Gull early am, 45+ mid-morning/early afternoon
6,800 Little Gull in pm
2 juv Yellow-legged Gull flew east
6 Common Tern
Cuckoo
2 Kingfisher
Barn Owl
2 Yellow Wagtail flew south
Whinchat at Southorpe

19th August – Southside/KP (JL,GB,JC)

4 Grey Heron
Little Egret
Hobby
Sparrow hawk
27 Great Crested Grebe
Little Grebe
18 Teal
2 Shoveler
Ringed Plover flew south
4 Dunlin flew south
Redshank flew west
3 Common Sandpiper
260+ Black-headed Gull
ad Med Gull flew west
230 Little Gull early am, 74 mid-morning/early afternoon
930 Little Gull in pm
25+ Swift
40+ Sand Martin
200+ House Martin
260+ Swallow
Green Woodpecker heard
Grey Wagtail flew south
1+ Otter off Swan Island

18th August – Southside/KP/Wassand/Northside (JL,GB,LB,AE)

5 Grey Heron
Little Egret
4 Common Buzzard
3 Marsh Harrier
Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
27 Great Crested Grebe
25+Teal
4 Shoveler
2 Wigeon
2 Pochard
70+ Lapwing flew south
Dunlin flew south
3 Black-tailed Godwit flew south-west
2 Common Sandpiper at KP
260+ Black-headed Gull
255 Little Gull early am, 24 mid-morning/early afternoon
4,880 Little Gull in pm
24 Swift
220+Swallow
4 Yellow Wagtail flew south
Lesser Whitethroat near Heslops

17th August – Southside/KP/Wassand/Northside (JL,GB,AE,JC)

5 Grey Heron
Little Egret
2 Common Buzzard
Marsh Harrier
Sparrowhawk
25 Great Crested Grebe
3 Little Grebe
Shelduck
Mandarin Duck
34 Gadwall
100+ Teal
juv Garganey off KP
Wigeon
6 Shoveler
4 Pochard
48 Tufted Duck
42 Lapwing flew south
2 Common Sandpiper
10 Whimbrel flew south-west
350+ Black-headed Gull
710 Little Gull early am, 160+ mid-morning/early afternoon
420 Little Gull in pm
juvenile Yellow-legged Gull
8 Common Tern
9 Arctic Tern in off flew south
44 Swift
120+ Swallow
Grey Wagtail
9 Long-tailed Tit at Wassand
32 Goldfinch at KP

Garganey off Kirkholme this morning – Alan Elkin

16th August – Southside/KP/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk/Northside (JL,GB,JC,BMJ)

2 Great White Egret seen in flight then lost to view from Wassand Hide in am
9 Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
4 Marsh Harrier
Hobby
Kestrel
Sparrowhawk
3 Shelduck
6 Teal
9 Shoveler
7 Pochard
3 Water Rail heard
2 Common Sandpiper
Redshank
650+ Black-headed Gull
4 Med Gull (2 ads and 2 juvs)
390 Little Gull early am,40+mid-morning/early afternoon
3,550 Little Gull in pm
2 juvenile Yellow-legged Gull flew east
juvenile Caspian Gull flew west
26 Common Tern
2 Arctic Tern
60+ Swift
Kingfisher
Green Woodpecker
220+ Swallow
21 Pied Wagtail at KP in pm
22 Goldfinch at KP

15th August – Southside/KP/Northside (JL,GB)

4 Grey Heron
Little Egret
2 Marsh Harrier
Hobby
15 Great Crested Grebe
Little Grebe
425+ Teal in off and heading west
9 Shoveler
Wigeon
4 Pochard
46 Tufted Duck
2 Turnstone blogging
2 Common Sandpiper
6 Redshank flew west
Curlew heard
Whimbrel flew west
320 Little Gull early am, 65 mid-morning/early afternoon
8,200 Little Gull in pm
juvenile Yellow-legged Gull flew east, also another juv present on 14/08
4 Common Tern
60+ Swift
Kingfisher
220+ Swallow
4 Yellow Wagtail flew south

14th August – Southside/KP/Northside (JL,GB,BMJ,AE)

4 Grey Heron
Little Egret
2 Common Buzzard
Marsh Harrier
Sparrowhawk
13 Great Crested Grebe
13 Shoveler
13 Teal
7 Pochard
27 Golden Plover flew east
3 Dunlin flew east
Greenshank flew east
Redshank at KP
2 Common Sandpiper at KP
Curlew flew west
125 Black-headed Gull
juv Med Gull flew east
420 Little Gull early am, 70+ mid-morning/early afternoon
4,260 Little Gull in pm
40+ Swift
Kingfisher
Green Woodpecker heard
Yellow Wagtail flew south

13th August – Southside/KP/Wassand Hide/Northside (JL,GB,BMJ,AE)

5 Grey Heron
Little Egret
5 Common Buzzard
3 Marsh Harrier
Sparrowhawk
2+ Hobby
27 Great Crested Grebe
Little Grebe
228 Mute Swan
185+ Greylag Goose
380+ Canada Goose
620+ Mallard
32 Gadwall
23 Shoveler
4 Wigeon
14 Teal
3 Pochard
44 Tufted Duck
660+ Coot
58 Lapwing flew south
Turnstone blogging
3 Dunlin flew east
5 Common Sandpiper
23 Black-tailed Godwit flew south-west
2 Curlew flew north-west
140+Black-headed Gull
3 Med Gull (1 ad,2 juvs)
63 Little Gull in am, 4,100 in pm
3 juvenile Yellow-legged Gull
38 Common Tern including 30 flying south-west
Arctic Tern flew south-west
Grey Wagtail flew south
Yellow Wagtail flew south
20+ Willow Warbler
8 Chiffchaff
Crossbill near Wassand Hide

12th August – Wassand/Southside/KP/Northside (EJH,RL,JL,GB,BMJ)

4 Grey Heron
Common Buzzard
Hobby
24 Great Crested Grebe
2 Wigeon
13 Teal
13 Shoveler
2 Pochard
7 Lapwing flew south
Golden Plover flew south
9 Dunlin flew south
14 Redshank flew south
Whimbrel flew south-west
Common Snipe flew west
140 Black-headed Gull
juv Med Gull flew east
360 Little Gull early am, 60+ mid-morning/early afternoon
3,270 Little Gull in pm
10+ Common Tern
70+ Swift
Kingfisher
Green Woodpecker heard
120+ Sand Martin
60+ House Martin
260+ Swallow
Wood Warbler in Wassand (EJH,RL) also
5 Spotted Flycatcher, Coal Tit, 2+ Treecreeper

1 of 5 Spotted Flycatcher seen in Wassand today – Erich Hediger/Roy Lyon


Little Gulls showing well on the jetties – Erich Hediger/Roy Lyon

11th August – Southside/KP (JL,GB)

4 Grey Heron
Hobby
25 Great Crested Grebe
37 Teal
6 Shoveler
Pochard
Common Sandpiper
Dunlin heard
Oystercatcher heard
juvenile Yellow-legged Gull flew east
140+ Black-headed Gull
113 Little Gull early am, 24 mid-morning/early afternoon
2,640 Little Gull in pm
22 Common Tern including 12 flying south-east
22 Swift
220+ Sand Martin
160+ House Martin
350+ Swallow
Wheatear flew west

10th August – Southside/KP (JL,GB)

5 Grey Heron
6 Common Buzzard
Hobby
22 Great Crested Grebe
4 Shoveler
Pochard
130+ Common Scoter flew high east
2 Common Sandpiper
3 Redshank flew south-west
Whimbrel calling
120+ Black-headed Gull
ad Med Gull flew east
ad Black Tern flew west
1,100 Little Gull early am, 60 mid-morning early afternoon
5,460 Little Gull in pm
34 Common Tern
40 Swift
Kingfisher
Yellow Wagtail flew south

9th August – Wassand Hide/Southside/KP/Northside (AJ,BC,CS,JL,JC,GB,MI)

6 Grey Heron
Little Egret
2 Common Buzzard
7 Shoveler
160+ Lapwing flew south
45 Common Sandpiper (16,14,11,2 and 2)
Greenshank heard
14 Redshank flew south-west
4 Dunlin flew east
120+ Black-headed Gull
ad Med Gull
2,900 Little Gull early am, 480 mid-morning/early afternoon
7,800 Little Gull in pm (4 juveniles)
400+ Swift
Kingfisher
320 Sand Martin
450+ House Martin
600+ Swallow
16 Goldfinch at KP

a gathering of Little Gulls on the jetty this morning – Ade Johnson

8th August – Southside/Northside (JL,GB)

6 Grey Heron
2 Hobby
17 Great Crested Grebe
Little Grebe
31 Teal
3 Shoveler
5 Pochard
150 Lapwing flew south
16 Dunlin flew east
2 Greenshank flew east
37 Redshank flew east
Curlew flew south
120+ Black-headed Gull
ad Med Gull
80 Little Gull in am
7,200 Little Gull in pm
30+ Common Tern in pm
220+ Swift
Kingfisher
160+ Sand Martin
200+ House Martin
600+ Swallow

7th August – Southside/KP/Northside (JL,GB,MI)

5 Grey Heron
Little Egret
Marsh Harrier
24 Great Crested Grebe
23 Teal
8 Shoveler
3 Pochard
Water Rail heard
85 Lapwing on Swan Island spit
Golden PLover flew south
2 Common Sandpiper
8 Dunlin flew south-west
8 Black-tailed Godwit flew south-west
95+ Black-headed Gull
2s Med Gull
600 Little Gull early am,64 late morning/mid-afternoon
1,530 Little Gull in pm
25+ Common Tern
Kingfisher
140+ Swift
150+ Swallow
Yellow Wagtail flew south

a recent Southern Hawker at Aldbrough Fish Ponds – Ade Johnson

6th August – Southside/KP/Northside (JL,GB)

4 Grey Heron
2 Little Egret flew west
2 Common Buzzard
Sparrowhawk
Hobby
2 Teal
3 Shoveler
2 Common Sandpiper
5 Dunlin flew west
2 Curlew flew south-west
300+ Black-headed Gull
126 Little Gull early am
820 Little Gull in pm
10+ Common Tern
120+ Swift
260+ Sand Martin
450+ Swallow

5th August – Southside/KP/Northside/Wassand Hide/Woodland Walk (JL,GB,LB)

7 Grey Heron
Little Egret
2 Common Buzzard in off flew west in pm
240 Mute Swan
14 Teal
Shoveler
4 Pochard
3 Common Sandpiper
67 Lapwing on Swan Island spit
Redshank flew south-west
Greenshank flew west
Ruff flew west
420+ Black-headed Gull
ad Med Gull
70 Little Gull early am, 24 late morning/mid-afternoon
2,860 Little Gull in pm
28+ Common Tern
Short-eared Owl in off flew south in pm
120+ Swift
420+ Swallow
Spotted Flycatcher at Wassand

4th August – Southside/KP/Northside (JL,GB,LB)

4 Grey Heron
Little Egret
2 Hobby
14 Teal
356 Lapwing flew south
2 Common Sandpiper on Swan Island
7 Redshank flew south-west
95+ Black-headed Gull
360 Little Gull early am, 26 late morning/mid-afternoon
665 Little Gull in pm
16 Common Tern
Kingfisher
850+ Swift
320+ Sand Martin
260+ House Martin
400+ Swallow
Otter near Swan Island in pm

3rd August – Southside/KP/Northside/Wassand (JL,GB,LB)

5 Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
2 Sparrowhawk
Hobby
17 Great Crested Grebe
Little Grebe
12 Teal
2 Shoveler
Dunlin flew south
Curlew flew south
80+ Black-headed Gull
280 Little Gull early am, 22 late morning/mid-afternoon
1,360 Little Gull in pm
22 Common Tern
600+ Swift
520+ Sand Martin
270+ House Martin
400+ Swallow

2nd August – Wassand Hide/Southside/KP/Northside (BC,JC,JL,BMJ,GB)

5 Grey Heron
2 Common Buzzard
3 Little Grebe including 1 juvenile
5 Teal
3 Pochard
Common Sandpiper
Dunlin flew south-west
Redshank flew west
Whimbrel flew south-west
80+ Black-headed Gull
30 Little Gull in am
1,470 Little Gull in pm
24+ Common Tern in am/early pm
350+ Common/Commic Tern in pm (5 flocks in the company of incoming Little
Gulls)
Kingfisher
420+ Swift
620+ Swallow
Stonechat 1st Field

Gatekeeper in 2nd Field – Jeff Cox


Stonechat in 1st Field – Jeff Cox


Reed Bunting – Jeff Cox

1st August – Wassand Hide/Southside/KP/Northside (JL,GB,CS,BC)

7 Grey Heron
Red Kite flew west
2 Common Buzzard
Sparrowhawk
Hobby
Kestrel
15 Great Crested Grebe
Mandarin Duck
22 Teal
8 Shoveler
Tufted Duck (4 broods,13 ducklings)
Pochard
240 Lapwing Southorpe fields
Common Sandpiper
Dunlin flew west
Redshank heard
Greenshank heard
2 Snipe flew west
85+ Black-headed Gull
22 Little Gull in am
1,320 Little Gull in pm
24 Common Tern
340+ Swift
700+ Swallow
Grey Wagtail flew west

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